What exactly is folliculitis?
This is a common skin infection that develops in the hair follicles. Folliculitis can appear anywhere on the skin, except for our palms and soles.
What does folliculitis look like?
It usually looks like a sudden acne breakout. Each spot may have a red ring around it, which is a sign of the infection.
Folliculitis caused by sitting in a hot tub.
What are the symptoms of folliculitis?
Symptoms can vary. You may not feel anything. Sometimes, the infection causes itchy skin. It’s also possible for your skin to feel painful.
How did I get folliculitis?
You get folliculitis when you damage your hair follicles. Once damaged, it’s easy for germs to get inside the follicles and cause an infection. A common source of infection is Staph aureus, which is found on our skin. Other organisms on our skin can also cause an infection.
Also called pseudo folliculitis or razor bumps, men often see these on the beard area when they shave.
You can damage your hair follicles by:
- Touching or rubbing your skin frequently
- Wearing tight clothing
- Having skin rub against skin